The Cheers! Trail is the only trail in North Carolina showcasing four different types of craft beverages. Another plus is its location – the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in and around Hendersonville.
Choose from a selection of 16 different tasting experiences along the trail. This includes nine breweries (Blue Ghost, Dry Falls, Guidon, Mills River, Sanctuary, Sideways Farm, Sierra Nevada, Southern Appalachian and Triskelion), three wineries (Burntshirt, Point Lookout and Saint Paul), two hard cideries (Appalachian Ridge and Bold Rock) and one meadery (World’s Edge at Point Lookout Vineyards).
Saint Paul wines and Appalachian Ridge ciders can also be sampled at Saint Paul’s tasting room in Flat Rock.
Each segment of the trail features superlative experiences:
BEER – Sierra Nevada’s eco-friendly, state-of-the-art facility is one of the largest craft breweries in the nation and features everything from indoor and outdoor dining to daily tours to a beer garden amphitheater. Sideways Farm & Brewery is located on a working farm and highlights the agricultural side of beer, while Southern Appalachian, Triskelion and Guidon are all within walking distance in the revitalized Seventh Avenue District.
CIDER – Henderson County is North Carolina’s largest apple-producing county and seventh largest nationally. Local orchards exclusively supply fresh apples to Appalachian Ridge and Bold Rock cideries. Appalachian Ridge’s tasting room is located in an orchard and its ciders are hand-crafted in European style, while Bold Rock is the largest craft cider producer in the United States.
WINE – Hendersonville’s high-elevation valley provides an ideal climate for growing European vinifera and French-American hybrid grapes amidst a mountain backdrop. Saint Paul, located on family land that goes back nine generations, was Hendersonville’s first winery. Close by is Burntshirt, which has won the NC Winegrower of the Year award and offers an apple wine made from local apples. Point Lookout is situated on top of Point Lookout Mountain with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge.
MEAD – Mead is a form of wine made from honey. It was popular in Colonial times and is making a resurgence in the southern Appalachians. World’s Edge Meadery at Point Lookout Vineyards offers a broad selection of meads in addition Point Lookout wines.
Scroll down for individual listings of each place on the Hendersonville Cheers! Trail …
Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders
Enjoy European style ciders in a renovated 1940s farmhouse in the midst of an orchard. The cider is made from traditional Henderson County apples, as well as from apple trees that have been transplanted from the Normandy region of France. Appalachian Ridge also makes pommeau, a blend of cider and apple brandy. 731 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendesonville, NC, 828-699-7507
Blue Ghost Brewing Company
Drawing its name from the elusive blue ghost firefly native to WNC, the brewery is located just minutes from Asheville Regional Airport. The Hungry Ghost food truck serves pub-style fare that complements the popular Blue Ghost IPA, also available in grapefruit and mango versions, and the house-made root beer. 125 Underwood Road, Fletcher, NC, 828-376-0159
Bold Rock Hard Cider
The nation’s largest craft cidery produces a regular line of hard ciders, as well as several seasonal offerings. The state-of-the-art tasting room includes windows overlooking the production facility, a permanent food truck, cider garden and indoor and outdoor stages for regular live music. 72 School House Road, Mills River, NC, 828-595-9940
Burning Blush Brewery
The brewery offers a half-dozen beers on tap and food trucks all in a romantic Gothic atmosphere. Appropriate glassware will be served with the style of beer they are meant to be poured in, whether it is a wine barrel aged sour or a juicy IPA. 891 Boylston Hwy., Mills River, NC, 828-595-9859
Produces a large selection of wines that have captured many national and international awards. Wines are made from 100% estate grown grapes at two Burntshirt vineyards, which are among the highest elevation vineyards on the East Coast. The tasting room is popular with indoor and outdoor seating, live music. Be sure to try the apple wine. 2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville, NC, 828-685-2402
Burntshirt Vineyards: Chimney Rock Tasting Room & Bistro
Burntshirt Vineyards operates a second location in nearby Chimney Rock. The patio overlooks the iconic Chimney Rock landmark and Hickory Nut Falls. Taste a selection of 20 estate-grown wines, and choose a favorite to pair with lunch or dinner. The bistro serves an upscale yet approachable menu with Southern classics, seafood dishes and shareable small plates. 438 Main St., Chimney Rock, NC, 828-436-2490
Dry Falls Brewing Company
What was once an auto body shop just south of downtown Hendersonville is now an industrial-chic taproom serving beers created by a father-son brewing team. Build a flight from the varied menu, order from the food truck parked out front and settle into a pleasant tasting experience. 425 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville, NC, 828-696-0660
The third brewery in the Seventh Avenue District has international influences due to one owner’s service in the US Army and the other owner’s German heritage. The feelings of friendliness, relaxation and cheerfulness at Guidon are universal. The beer styles — stout, porter, pale ale, IPA — are straightforward and can be enjoyed in the main bar, upstairs loft or on the outdoor deck. 415 8th Ave. E., Hendersonville, NC, 828-595-7976
Mills River Brewing Co.
Mills River Brewing Co. is located in a bucolic section of Henderson County and has a large outdoors focus with hiking trails on property. The beers, such as Big Creek amber ale, Middle Fork Mosaic IPA and Laurel Creek ESB, honor the local trails and natural landmarks. The brewery also serves wine, cider and food. Dog friendly. 336 Banner Farm Road, Mills River, NC, 828-513-5155
Oklawaha Brewing Company
In the heart of downtown Hendersonville, Oklawaha Brewing Company, formerly known as Sanctuary Brewing Co., is a nano brewery and taproom dedicated to making small batch, high quality artisanal ales. The Brewery features classic styles like hop-forward IPAs, fruited sours and classic German styles. Friendly leashed pets are welcome. Regularly has live music, trivia nights and much more.147 First Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC, 828-595-9956
Point Lookout Vineyards
A wonderful pairing of traditional wines with 30-mile vistas from an expansive open-air tasting room at 3,000 feet in elevation atop Point Lookout Mountain. Point Lookout offers 10 dry and semi-sweet wines. It also has a coffee shop on site, as well as an events pavilion with regular live music. 408 Appleola Road, Hendersonville, NC, 828-393-5793
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
Saint Paul was the first winery in Hendersonville when it opened in 2011. The vineyards are on land that has been in the same family for nine generations. Wines reflect that rich sense of place. Guided tastings showcase wines made from 14 varieties of French vinifera grapes. Live music is often available on the outdoor patio. 588 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville, NC, 828-685-4002
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards at Flat Rock
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards and its sister property, Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders, operate this tasting room in the historic village of Flat Rock. Enjoy the full tasting menu from the winery and cidery, as well as a food menu. Regular events include small plate offerings, wine pairing dinners and wine pairing classes. 2698-C Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC, 828-551-4491
Sideways Farm & Brewery
Surrounded by gardens, pastures and fields, Sideways emphasizes the connection between the land and the beer, using ingredients grown on the farm in its ever-rotating lineup. The tasting experience is much like a winery; customers gather around a U-shaped bar and a bartender explains the ingredients, flavors, aromas and story behind each beer. 62 Eade Road, Etowah, NC, 828-595-3445
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Craft beer enthusiasts flock to the East Coast headquarters of Sierra Nevada. The palatial brewery — complete with tasting room, restaurant and beer garden — features stunning design with a commitment to sustainability, insider perspective via comprehensive brewery tours, and a chef-driven menu of tapas-style dishes. 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, NC, 828-681-5300
Southern Appalachian Brewery
In beer crazed North Carolina, each small town has its brewery pioneer, and Hendersonville’s is Southern Appalachian, founded in 2011 in the Seventh Avenue District. A friendly taproom features Copperhead amber ale, Black Bear stout, live music and good times. 822 Locust Street, Suite100, Hendersonville, NC, 828-684-1235
Triskelion Brewing Company
Drawing its name from a Greek word meaning “three legs,” Triskelion strives to stay in touch with the past, present and future of brewing. From traditional farmhouse ales and lagers to fruit beers and sour ales, the Seventh Avenue spot keeps everyone entertained with its varied beer lineup, frequent live music and weekly themed trivia. 340 7th Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC, 828-388-7051
World’s Edge Meadery
Located at Point Lookout Vineyards, World’s Edge produces seven meads: wildflower and orange blossom, apple, raspberry, tropical fruit, chamomile and chai tea. For the uninitiated, mead is type of wine made from honey. It was popular in American during colonial times and offers a nice alternative to Point Lookout’s wine collection. 408 Appleola Road, Hendersonville, NC, 828-393-5793